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Origin uncertain. Probably from Anglo-Norman valaunce, valence, from valer (go down, let down), aphetic form of Old French avaler (to descend, go down).



valance (plural valances)

  1. A short curtain that usually hangs along the top edge of a window.
    • 1969, David G. Irwin, The Visual Arts, Taste and Criticism (page 27)
      Even the mantelpiece is adorned with a totally unfunctional tasselled valance rather like an altar frontal.
  2. A decorative framework used to conceal the curtain mechanism and so on at the top of a window.
  3. (bedding) A short, decorative edging of cloth that hangs from the mattress to the floor.
  4. The drooping edging of the lid of a trunk, which covers the joint when the lid is closed.


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